How to Make Caramel Buttercream Frosting – Video Recipe
A good caramel buttercream is smooth, rich and glossy filled with that sweet caramel flavor. It’s made with homemade caramel sauce that takes just five minutes to make. And this frosting is loaded with caramel flavor you cannot miss. Drizzle some caramel sauce on top for added luxury or sprinkle a few grains of salt for that salted caramel buttercream everyone craves.
What is your absolute favorite buttercream flavor to make? I said make not eat! Ha, got you?
I honestly love many different flavors of buttercream. And yet there are a few I love making more than the others. Two of my customers’ favorites are my butterscotch buttercream and caramel buttercream. And you know why?
They are made with real caramel sauce or butterscotch sauce. Yes, I make the caramel sauce from scratch. It takes only five minutes to make. I make a thicker consistency that helps give me that absolutely rich, thicker and glossy buttercream. Also, when whipped, it’s light and fluffy, which gives that feeling of meringue buttercream on the tongue.
So, even if you are lazy to make the caramel sauce at home, I highly recommend you try this buttercream recipe just once. I promise you will never look for another caramel buttercream recipe again.
This is my caramel apple cake with this caramel buttercream frosting and of course a caramel sauce drip. As I showed you in the video when making caramel sauce I made two consistencies. One thinner so I can use it as drips and pours. And one thicker so it makes a firmer consistency for my caramel buttercream frosting. I will be sharing this caramel apple cake recipe tomorrow. So stay tuned.
Let’s talk ingredients – Just 2 ingredients (Save/Pin)
- Butter – I always use all butter in my frosting but you can use high-fat ratio vegetable shortening. The key here is to use high fat so it will whip some air in with the sauce and become light and fluffy.
- Caramel sauce – This is, of course, the key ingredient. I always use homemade caramel sauce. And yet, I think any store-bought might work just as well as long as it’s not too runny. By the way, it takes five minutes to make a homemade caramel sauce. Also, I highly recommend not using freshly made sauce. Use one that’s cooled completely but not chilled. Chilled caramel may not blend well in the butter. If the caramel you have is stiff, let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes. If necessary place in the microwave for 10 seconds only.
- Powdered sugar – It’s best to use powdered sugar made from cane sugar, not beet sugar. Beet sugar tends to give a very grainy buttercream.
Recipe 1 – Quick Caramel Buttercream Using Ready-Made Buttercream
If you already have buttercream made before, why make more. Use it!! And you can make caramel Swiss Meringue Buttercream or caramel Italian Meringue Buttercream or caramel American Buttercream Frosting with this method, provided the buttercream consistency is not too soft.
- Make and cool (homemade) caramel sauce. (yes, you can use commercial one as well).
- Add 1 cup cooled caramel sauce to 4 cups of buttercream frosting.
The consistency of this buttercream will depend on the consistency of the original buttercream. If you need to frost a cake or pipe swirls on cupcakes this works just great. However, if you need a firm or stiff buttercream then you probably better off using the recipe from scratch below.
Recipe II – Caramel Buttercream Frosting Recipe – From Scratch (Save/Pin)
Useful Tips and Tools
- If you bake often, it would be a good idea to invest in a cake mixer. Because often we try to mix by hand and then we are too tired to give it enough creaming or mixing. So if you are making this buttercream go head and remove that K-Mix or KitchenAid from your kitchen cabinet. You don’t have to buy an expensive stand mixer, a simple hand mixer works great too.
- For buttercream mixing always use a paddle attachment so you do not incorporate too much air into the buttercream. Some recipes, however, such as meringue buttercreams, require the use of the whisk attachments.
- Having said that, a simple Bowl, whisk and Spatula with a little extra elbow grease will do too.
- Personally, I believe in measuring ingredients by weight, which makes my kitchen scaleone of the most valuable items when baking. The same goes for mymeasuring cups and measuring spoons. It’s always a good idea to have these handy and use them when baking rather than trying to guess measurements.
- After the buttercream is prepared always keep it sealed well in the fridge. This will prevent any odor from the other foods to attach itself to the buttercream. Therefore, I place my buttercream in a stainless steel storage (we try to avoid using plastic in our home). And I also cover the top surface of the buttercream with cling wrap.
- Caramel sauce- 1 cup (recipe here)
- Unsalted butter – 450 grams ( 1 lb)
- Powdered Sugar – 200 grams (2 cups)
- Salt – 1/2 tsp
- Place the butter and salt in the mixer bowl.
- Using the paddle attachment – mix the butter until light and creamy.
- Next, add half a cup of caramel sauce – combine well.
- Add the remaining sauce – combine again.
- Lastly, the powdered sugar – combine well.
- Once all the ingredients have been added – whip for three minutes until the butterscotch is light and fluffy.
Tips and troubleshooting
- The consistency of the caramel sauce you use will determine the consistency of the buttercream you get.
- Ideally, one way to get a firmer buttercream would be to add more powdered sugar but this results in a very sweet buttercream
- If the consistency of the buttercream is too soft – use it as a filling first then add some regular buttercream to frost the outside of the cake.
- In my video below, I do share how to make the sauce in two different consistencies so you can use one for drips and pours and the other works best for buttercream.
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Caramel Buttercream Frosting Recipe made with caramel saucePrint Pin Rate
- 250 ml (1 cup) Caramel sauce recipe here
- 450 grams (0.99 lb) Unsalted butter
- 1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) Salt
- 200 grams (1.67 cups) Powdered sugar
- Place the butter and salt in the mixer bowl.
- Using the paddle attachment - mix the butter until light and creamy.
- Next, add half cup of caramel sauce - combine well
- Add the remaining sauce - combine again
- Add the powdered sugar and mix until combined.
- Once all the ingredients have been combined - whip for three minutes until the butterscotch is light and fluffy.
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